John King: One of the worst debate moderators I've seen this decade. Partially to be blamed on the format with seven candidates competing to get the most face time in the two hour block. His frequent stumbles on questions frustrated me.

Debate Format: There were at least 10 different people who asked questions. That didn't make the job any easier for King. The number of commercial breaks seemed over-the-top, and the crowd in attendance should have been prohibited from distracting, time-consuming applause. The "this or that" questions also chewed time.

Ron Paul: As abrasive as ever, but he seemed to be the only candidate who gave a straight answer to every question.

Michelle Bachmann: Didn't always seem comfortable, but generally made a good impression on those who were not familiar with her.

Newt Gingrich: As I wrote on Twitter during the debate, Gingrich actually made a few good points. In particular, his response on the immigration question, that some middle-of-the road solution needs to be found. On the other hand, he probably made a gaffe when talking about "loyalty tests" for federal employees.

Tim Pawlenty: Pawlenty's biggest moment in the debate was unfortunately a loaded question. King asked which vice presidential candidate from 2008 was stronger: Biden or Palin. He went off on a rant of how Joe Biden was "always wrong", whatever that meant. His second biggest moment was the opportunity to lambaste former Gov. Mitt Romney on "Oh-Romney-Care." Pawlenty declined, backing away from his comments.

Mitt Romney: Romney had a pretty good night. There were no standout shining moments or gaffes. The other candidates mostly left him alone.

Rick Santorum: Another pretty boring performance.

Herman Cain: Seems to have cemented himself to sit in the 3% range with Ron Paul with today's performance. With his complete lack of political experience, he'd have to be twice as good as the other candidates to have a chance, and he's showing mediocrity and a few gaffes. His comments on Sharia law were just weird.